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in the pledge. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain one-minute speeches at a later time today. pursuant to section 5-a of house resolution 5, the chair now recognizes the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, for the reading of the constitution. mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this morning for only the second time in the history of the house of representatives, we will read allowed the full text of the constitution of the united states. we hope this reading will inspire many more americans to read the constitution. we also hope that this reading will help demonstrate to the american people that the house of representatives is dedicated to the constitution and the system it establishes for limited government and the protection of individual liberty. the text we are reading today reflects the changes to the document made by the 27 amendments to it. those portions superseded by amendment will not be r
ever bless the united states of america. [applause] >> the united states marine band. my country tis of thee sweet land of liberty if thee i sing land where my fathers died lad of the pilgrim's pride from every mountain side let freedom ring ♪ let music sweel the beach and ring from all the trees sweet freedom songs let silence break the sound prolonged ♪ our father guide to thee father of liberty to thee we sing ♪ long may our land be bright with freedom's holy light protect us by the might great god, our king ♪ >> pwow. our next distinguished guest is the appellate issue will share with us where -- poet who will share with us words he has composed for this location. occasion. >> one today. one sun rose on us today kindles over our shores greeting the facves of the great lakes acrossng a simple truth the greatplains rooftops, aking upf under each one a story told by oiur silten gestures my face, your face millions of faces each one yawning to life crescendoing to our day the pencil yellow school buses, for it stands, oranges betting our praise. sobered trucks and heavy with
homes. because of the demand in housing . all of a sudden into the congress of the united states of the says we are going to put the full faith and credit of the united states of america on a 90-day leash. we are going to take the greatest economy in the greatest country, with the greatest responsibility in the world and we are going to put them on a 0-day leash. . how does a great country respond on a 90-day leash? we know what happened the world saw this happened. we got downgraded in the credit rating. that drove up the cost of borrowing in the united states. that drove up the borrowing cost of corporations. that drove up the costs of counties and cities that we represent. and we're told again that should we falter on the credit debt of the united states, that we can expect a downgrade and we can expect a further downgrade in cities and counties all over the country. and somehow we're supposed to believe this is a good plan. what this plan does -- can i have three additional minutes? mr. mcgovern: i yield the gentleman two additional minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gent
,000 unnecessary deaths each year in the united states by using what's called a.e.d.'s, which are automatic external defibrillators. this is now allow -- this has now allowed people to be trained to save lives. this act was very important and i'm glad that it was signed as my bill. the fifth one that i'm very proud of that president bush signed is dealing with asthma conditions. self-administration of medication was prevented in schools because they had no drugs allowed and so many children had asthma and they needed epy pen or -- epi pen or abeauty rol, and if it wasn't available they could go into asthma attack. this bill allowed that-tsh these nurses and people at schools to have this type of treatment. the sixth one is the protection of lawful commerce in arms act. it was signed by president george w. bush october 26, 2005. it basically provided civil liability action, protection for companies who are manufacturing, distributing, or imported firearms or ammunition for damages that caused cities and states was suing the manufacturer. it was nuisance suits and i'm glad president bush sign
. on the other hand i do not feel in my heart, that the hypothetical fiscal crisis for the united states is still many years in the future. it is not something that is about to crop up on us now. the world is sending us a signal with incredibly low interest rates. that is making it easier for us to remain our relatively profitable status. -- relatively profligate ways. we have the power to get back on a trajectory that works. it is the usual thing of how you do hard things. in your personal life you know about the urgent pile and the important pile and the challenges you get caught up doing. the same thing happened at the federal level. the urgent stuff, the crises are what get attention. that is the way we haven't been in fiscal policy. -- we have been making fiscal policy. we do have moments when something gets addressed. we look forward to more support? it is giving me the political and cons addition we have. -- consolation that we huff. one of the things we should encourage is to show some leadership. now there are three more crises lined up. assuming we have survived though can also show som
ronald regan and one of the most decorated veterans of vietnam. united states senator. celebrated author. lawyer. and i thought he made a pretty strong, persuasive case. so did many of us. >> let's turn to cybersecurity. i was pleased that you mentioned cyber security in your initial remarks. they have moved expand its cyber security efforts. i have to talk about colorado. the air force academy is well positioned to train those. would you talk a little more on your take on cyber security and what sort of resources we need. >> i've been to those facilities in colorado a few times and don't know as much about them as you do, but i am familiar with them. they are essential to our national security. cyber, i believe represents as big a threat to the security of this country as any one specific threat. for all the reasons this committee understands. it's an insidious quiet, kind of a threat that we have never quite seen before. it can paralyze a nation in a second. not just a power grid or banking system. but it can knock out satellites. it can take down computers on all our carrier battle s
for giving me the privilege of representing that beautiful and diverse city in the congress of the united states. each of us here today is truly a representative. a representative in the truest sense of the word. to represent the highest hopes and aspirations of the american people. on new year's eve, some of you, a large number of members of congress joined hundreds of people at the national archives building where we observed at midnight the 150th anniversary of the signing of the emancipation proclamation. at midnight there was an enactment of harriet tubman ringing the bill, ringing the bill. and as she rang the bell she said, now we are free. it was quite an incredible moment. and it was one that ushered in what president lincoln would call a new birth of freedom. for his era and for generations to come. that transformative moment in our history is a reminder of the best traditions we have as a people. the ability and obligation of each generation of americans to renew the promise of our founders. to carry forth the torch of progress. to reignite the american dream. this is who we ar
to keep in mind where we have been and where we are going. we have 20 women in the united states senate. we have 80 men. there are only 16 democratic women in the senate, and four republican. we have a long, long ways to go. wasunited states of america 77th in the world in the percentage of elected women to office. we cannot as an organization take on the whole problem. we believe that we need more women. our piece of the port -- of the puzzle is to elect pro- choice democratic women. the democratic party is for the most part pro-choice. the vast majority of the women we work with our approach was anyway. -- our pro choice anyway. as the organization, when we started women were not running. part of what we do is not so much to choose them and make it happen, but we encourage women to step up and take this on. we need a lot more of that. we do not have enough women running for office in this country. host: why not the republican party? guest: it is not something that women think of doing right away. there is a study done by rutgers a couple of years ago that asks the question of all of t
to really take the lead against the terrorists in northern mali. . this is hard. if the united states comes in and does something on her own, nobody can match us in military assets and prowess, but a lot of the challenges we face are not immediately or sustainbly solved by military action alone, therefore, we have to get countries in the region to increase their border security and increase their counterterrorist efforts inside their own boards. we have a lot to do now in west africa. so i think you're right to point out, the united states has to play a role, but it needs to be part of a multi lateral effort in order to have a chance at success. >> thank you, madam secretary. we have discussed many important issues. i remain concerned about whether the accountability review board captured the full picture of what happened, but i think we can agree to work together moving ahead to improve security in a number of different areas. this hearing now stands adjourned. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> secretary of s
is that the united states government now spends more on immigration enforcement than on all other principal law enforcement agencies combined. we are spending as of fiscal year 2011, which is the most recent year for the data that we're using that was available, that's the price tag of $18 billion. that is 24% greater than the $14.4 billion that funds the f.b.i., the d.e.a., the secret service, the a.t.f. and the u.s. marshal service. this is a historic reversal, because in 1986 when this all began, i.n.s. comprised 28% of the spending of all of the other law enforcement agencies. and if you look at page 22 of your engineering manual, you will see a graph that very clearly shows this and what a historic change has taken place over this period of time. border enforcement by far is the largest share of this spending. it's the largest spending for everything in the immigration system, all of the other immigration functions, and among other things it's made possible the doubling of the border patrol in just the last eight years from $10,819 to where it stands today which is in the neighborhood of 2
begin about one fifth of the situation of drought. by september, three fifths of the united states was in a situation of drought. from crops failed. estimates of crops insurance range from $30 billion up to $40 billion. the prices went up. consumers impacted not just in the united states, but around the world. in 2011 we had a horrific drought in florida. and many of you who are watching were watching the news coverage were watching impact particularly on newborns and children and could not have been more moved profoundly by what he saw. these are the innocent and most deserving victims. at the same time, we had another drought situation. the impact was significantly less for good reason. we have a research scientist with us from the u.s. geological survey. when he spoke, use one of the most amazing and inspirational that we had heard. second we have -- forgive me for my family -- he is part of the united nations convention. a huge issue. and globally, this is one of the big ones. and requires a lot of attention. and we have climate change review by the university of nebraska at li
this in a one-three month time when. why should we do that? where the united states of america. we cannot manage our affairs in such a way that we pay our bills and provide certainty in terms of how we pay our bills? look. i do not think anyone would consider my position on reasonable. major, i am happy to have a conversation about how we reduce our deficits. i'm not going to have a monthly or every three months conversation about whether or not we pay our bills. that in and of itself does severe damage. even the threat of default hurts our economy. it hurts our economy as we speak. if we want to have a conversation about how to reduce our deficit, let's do it. we have been having that for the last two years. we just had an entire campaign about it. the american people agreed with me that we should reduce our deficits in a balanced way that takes into account the need to grow this economy and put people back to work. despite that conversation and despite the election results, the position that has been taken on the part of house republicans is that we have to do it our way. if we don't, we simpl
in the united states -- in many countries against the nets is, if you got now, ukraine, russia, hungary, dozens and dozens of nations are looking at the united states as an evil mention because tunnel men like this person -- gentleman like this person, " have lots of money and have more money than average americans, are going into these nations and promoting the homosexual lifestyle. in russia, they had a riot and had to shut down our professed homosexual demonstration in -- shut down a pro-homosexual demonstration because, was funded b -- was funded by american groups. and the law forbidding the adoption of russian children, a huge part of it was the homosexual lobby. russia was a communist nation, atheist, and these people take god serious now in these countries. host: richard, thanks for the call and thanks for adding your voice and perspective to the conversation. kevin cathcart. guest: i hardly know where to start, but first of all, there are gay people in every country in the world, and the movement for lgbt civil rights around the world are home run in these countries. they are not steer
., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are -- the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 284 and -- the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 285 and the nays are 144. without objection, the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the house will come to order. the house will come to order. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> madam speaker, by direction of the democratic caucus, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 42. resolved, that the following named members be and are hereby elected to the following standing committees -- the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the reading is suspended. without objection, the resolution is agreed to and the
to these questions, the american people deserve them, including why the president of the united states after alleging in a debate with mitt romney, said that he had called it a terrorist act when in fact he hadn't. in fact that same day he did an interview with cbs news saying he didn't know what happened. probably two weeks later, he told various news programs he didn't know what was the cause of it. we knew what the cause of it was. we knew that people don't bring r.p.g.'s and mortars to spontaneous demonstrations. so we -- smor us -- some of us will not give up on this despite what some in the media think we should do until we get all the answers. i was hanging on every word you were saying, john. i happened to glance at my apps, here's a bbc news reports. -- report. it says the u.n. says numbers of syrian refugees arriving in jordan putting a considerable strain on the resources. the u.n. h.c.r. said that more than 26,500 refugees have crossed into jordan since january 1. officials said up to 3,000 were arriving every day and 50,000 were waiting to cross. that happens to be the camp that we visit
and even here in the united states. we could have passed it last year. he we had republicans and democrats -- we had republicans and democrats, not a single senator blocked that passage. i hope we canover come the obstruction. this is a blight on the world community. it's a blight on the united states. we should be taking steps to stop it. we also have to in the judiciary committee continue to exercise oversight when it comes to our nation's counterterrorism efforts to protect the civil liberties of all americans. we'll examine the constitutional and legal issues implicated by the administration's use of droughns abroad. my concern goes beyond the legal force used against suspected terrorists. i am concerned about the growing use of drones by federal and local authorities to spy on americans here at home. this vast emerging technology is cheap, but i think just because it's available doesn't even it helps us. i think there could be a significant threat to the privacy and civil liberties of millions of americans. so just because we have the technology that allows us to spy on each other, le
don't think there's been retaliation. but in the shortest way possible, the united states has said it will consider the extent of the damage done regardless of how it's done. whether it's done by a missile or a cyberattack. and we'll retaliate appropriately depending upon who did it and what they did, not how they did it. with regard to the weapons systems, the f-35 that you mentioned, vast amounts of the code for the f-35 systems were stolen before the plane ever flew. so, stolen by friendly asian government. [laughter] you may well think that in the future, if there were a war, if , weapons systems might roll out onto the battlefield and not work. >> thank you very much. we're out of time. thank you very much. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> point we've seen over the years is not just economics, it's the discomfort that investigative reporting often causes in a news room. because it's troublesome. it's that more than the economics. if you're going to ruffle the feathers of somebody powerful, that
the american people, began in 1964 when i served as first lieutenant in the united states army. then in both the legislative and executive branch positions in washington. the time has come for me to return to my wife sylvia, my three sons, it their families, our six grandchildren, and my walnut farm. dealing with a different set set of nuts. [laughter] i want to deeply think my family for giving me the fullest measure of love and support during my many absences the rat my long career in public service. -- throughout my long career in public service. i will leave with a sense of pride in what we have accomplished during these last four years, being on the president's national security team. as both director of the cia and the secretary of defense, i've always believed there are fundamental -- our fundamental measure is to keep america safe. because of the outstanding dedication of our intelligence and military professionals america is safer and more secure than it was four years ago. we have reached a turning point after more than one decade of war. as we reach that turning point, we develope
. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, three years have past since the supreme court's dreadful citizens united decision, and we have seen the dramatic increase in the amount of corporate money flowing into our elections, drowning out the voices of ordinary american citizens eager to participate in the political process. citizens united also epitomizes the so-called corporate personhood movement in which some now say the corporations are people. the fact is corporations are not people, and the constitution was never intended to give corporations the same rights as the american people. corporations don't breathe. they don't have kids, and they don't die in wars. my constituents continue to express concern about the growing influence of corporations in our political discourse. they're also demanding action on campaign finance reform because they are repulsed by the large amount of money in our campaigns. and quite frankly, they want elected officials to spend more time on policy, deliberating and debating on issues and less time dialing for dollars. unfortunately, the republican leadership in the
power of the president, as set forth in article 2, section 2, clause 2 of the united states constitution. it is the sense of our congress said any significant alteration of those deeply important the two most powerful nuclear nations in the world would be done by treaty. would you support that concept? and before making significant changes prebt those changes to the congress as a treaty and not as a secret or open bilateral agreement. >> so your question is will i commit to a briefing on all of this? >> no. any significant changes that would occur in our relationship on those issues -- any militarily significant manner may be made only to the pursue yants -- pursuit event making power. we have treaties already impacted so so much of that. congress believes that any changes should also be made by treaty. >> well, without getting into specifics of it but obviously, consultation with the congress is the obvious committee. yes. >> it seems like we've not been consulted on the biden trip. we expect that to be done. what's been going on is disturbing to us. the president said, you
san obama, do solemnly swear, that i will execute the office of the president of the united states faithfully. >> when chief justice john roberts administered the oath to barack obama on january 20, 2009, there was a major problem. roberts was supposed to say "i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states. " barack obama stopped and paused and smiled as if to say, come on, man, this is my big day. you have to get this right. unfortunately, he did not get it right so the very next night in the white house, they did it again. this time roberts used notes which he had not used the first time and they got it right. >> we walk for the history of democracy's big day monday at 8:00 a.m. and again at 8:00 p.m. eastern. this is part of a three-day holiday weekend on c-span 2's book-tv. >> the greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker. this honor now beckons america, the chance to lead the world at last out of the valley of turmoil and onto that high ground of peace that man has dreamed of since the dawn of civilization >> must embark on new progra
. and his concerns to budgetary pressures and other pressures facing the united states and its role. senator, thanks a lot. i know it's not easy for you to get here and that's not either. i guess that they too began and a general way asking you, what is the concern? what's worrying you about the possible interaction between limited resources here, pressure to cut the budget and what that might do in terms of limiting u.s. role abroad? >> the consequences of a diminishing pool of resources available and all the fiscal pressures on the congress now in terms of the decisions they make and how to allocate on and the prospects for the future not looking on that. combined with i think it less and less engagement, knowledge of and participation by members of congress and global affairs, whether it is national security, military related or whether it's foreign policy aide related for diplomacy and our presence throughout the world. if you let back -- look back to congress 20, 25 years ago, is essentially made up of people who have the relationship to world war ii and its aftermath in terms of the u.
the committee on the part of the senate to notify the president of the united states that a quorum of each house has been assembled and that congress is ready to receive any communication that he may be pleased to make. the gentleman from virginia, mr. cantor, and the gentlewoman from california, ms. pelosi. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from washington rise? mrs. mcmorris rodgers: mr. speaker, by direction on the republican conference, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 6, resolved that following named members be and are hereby elected to the following standing committees of the house of representatives. committee on agriculture, mr. lucas, chairman. committee on appropriations, mr. rogers of kentucky, chairman. committee on armed services -- mrs. mcmorris rodgers: mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be considered as read and printed in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the reading is dispensed with. without objection
-quality health care and we end up spending more than we should. today, 57 million people in the united states one in five americans cannot see a doctor when they need to. lack of access to a primary care provider is a national problem but those who are most impacts are people who are low-income, minorities and seniors and those who live in rureyull areas such as vermont and wyoming. we've seen before that groups that need health care the most are the least likely to receive it. the good news is that just 11 months from now we will be providing health insurance to 30 million more americans through the affordable care act. the bad news is we don't know how we're going to be providing primary health care to those americans who now will have health insurance. let me just rattle off some statistics that i think should be a concern for the congress and, in fact, all americans. not widely known, about 45,000 people every single year die in the united states of america because they do not have health insurance and that do not get to a doctor on time. 45,000 americans. according to to the health administ
because the average single person over 65 has median income of about $18,000. over half of the units, a 65- years old and older, are central as opposed to couples. the couple's median income is only $44,000 so you cannot expect to get huge amounts of money by shifting costs on to them. >> i will give the audience a chance to ask a few questions. there will be microphones taken around and i would like you to wait until you get a microphone and please introduce yourself and make it a question and not a speech. right back here -- >> i am and dick miller -- what does anybody up there think about [inaudible] i understand the labels and expectations of having people in both houses of congress trying to work across the aisles, people in more of the middle. >> there are many bipartisan groups the deployed around. everyone on this panel has participated in some of them. do you see any opportunities at all coming from the stacse? >> ultimately, it is the only way out what we see in the congress is continued polarization and erosion of the blue dog democrats, the moderate democrats and we see, unfort
from the time i was a young fellow and new to the united states senate. it's one of the groups with whom i have had a relationship with for a long, long time and nice to be with a group of people who you agree with on all of the issues 90% of the time. so it's nice to be with you. i know you have come to talk about a broad range of very important, challenging issues that are facing each of your cities and towns, energy, infrastructure, budgets, finances, crime. and i want you to know that we, the president and i, and the important part of that is the president, continues to be absolutely committed to do all we can to help the cities deal with the immense problems that get thrust upon them as a consequence of diminished tax bases, as a consequence of housing, a significant portion of the public and the states that are in the most need. we are committed to having a third phase of the so-called big deal in the budget. we're of the view that just as it took during the clinton administration, it didn't happen in one fell swoop. the economy in great shape and move toward a balanced b
and the abilities -- ability to suppress groups that are prepared and would like to target the united states and american allies around the world would be degraded. that is a risk one. the second level of risk is if you could return to a situation in which those kinds of terrorists were able to operate not clandestinely within a state which has weak capacity to suppress them but in a state that is actively collaborating and is prepared to put its facilities at their disposal. before 9/11, al qaeda hijacked a state. they hijacked afghanistan. afghanistan was alive. that is different from its relationship with pakistan or yemen or somalia. where they operate essentially either in an area with no state or in a state that is hostile to them. but isn't capable of suppressing them to the degree we would like. operating within a state that is actively compliant, obviously, considerably expands their capacity to plan and mount large-scale terrorist operations as we found in september 2001. the worst of all situations is the taliban remain linked to al qaeda and they come back and govern the country.
. today, 57 million people in the united states ban cannot see a . when they need to. lack of access to a primary care provider is a national problem. those who are most impacted our people who are low income, minorities, seniors, and people who live in rural communities. as we have seen time and time again with dental care, mental health, and other healthcare issues, the groups that need healthcare the most are the least likely to receive it. the good news is 11 months from now we will be providing health insurance to dirty million more americans are the affordable care act. -- dirty million more americans are the affordable care act. we do not know how we will provide primary health care to those americans who will now have health insurance. let me rattle off some statistics that should be of concern to the congress and to all americans. not widely known, approximately 45,000 people every single year die in the united states of america because they do not have health insurance and they do not get to a dr. in time. 45,000 americans. according to the health resources and service admi
units that cross the connecticut shoreline. my amendment addresses the request of the fish and wildlife service to spend nearly $10 million to rebuild buildings and seawall known as the outer island. they acquired the property through a private donation. since that time since a memorandum of understanding, the island has been managed by the southern connecticut state university who provides access and guided educational activities to visiting school groups during the summer months which is the only time outer island is actually open. the connecticut state university web site is clear that, quote, all schools and civic associations or other parties interested in participating in jealal activities on outer island, must, underline must, have prior approval. while the fish and wildlife service has no staff on outer island, the university uses interns to supervise the educational program. and occasional person may stop and have lunch. but if you want to visit, you must coordinate your visit with the university and not the fish and wildlife service. in addition, the university received a $250
of the united states. today we make an act of national interest. this is not an act of excess or an act of charity. for those who claim that there is excess in this bill, i would suggest that they read it. throughout this bill the bill says that the spending is limited to, quote, necessary expenses related to the consequences of hurricane sandy. period. this is throughout the text of the bill. this is not an act of charity. these three states -- new york, new jersey, and connecticut, threes three states pay almost 16% of the taxes collected in the united states of america. three states, 16% of the taxes. you ask the question, who suffered because of superstorm sandy? certainly our neighbors in new york and new jersey and connecticut suffered the most, but all americans will suffer if this economic engine is not rebuilt. the three states that pay nearly 16% of the taxes need this reconstruction, and so does the united states of america. all members, republican and democrat, should vote yes in favor of this legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the
as a united states senators. we wish them the best. it was also a vote of high emotion because i cannot think of another vote in recent time the american people followed so closely. i cannot think of a time i have been on an airplane or a restaurant without somebody coming up to me in asking what was going to happen. they were concerned, as they should have been. this has finally mobilized on a bipartisan basis a majority to pass this measure in the senate. the president has shown extraordinary leadership on this. he thought about a long and hard, left his family vacation to come back to washington and try to put together a solution to this fiscal crisis. he was successful in the senate, and i hope he will be in the house as well. he had the able efforts of his vice president joe biden as well to help temper -- help him. last night, joe biden came to his home, the united states senate, where he served for 36 years, and spoke to democrats about the importance of this vote. it was almost an hour and a half on new year's eve, almost surreal, as we gathered for this important vote. for an hour an
up their reading that. look, read those, be familiar with that before you get to the boating unit. that will cut down on our time. >> ok. mary? >> i think my comments will be similar to others that have been mentioned. perhaps better voter education about the tools that are out there to help them know where they need to vote, more staffing at the polling places where a captain or assistant captain could actually go through the front lines, the czech and lines to interface with the voters, say has anyone -- checkin lines to interface with the voters, say has anyone got any questions? i can check for you. that has become a real issue with all of the precincts. so come up voter education might be part of it, and i think early voting has law lot of voters into thinking "i can vote anywhere." and the only races they care about will be counted and in some cases the lower level races, they may be upset about. but it is like a shrug it for them and they say, oh, well. i think some of the lower races, some of the ballot initiatives, the more localized issues -- there might be a real proble
. the chair will lead the house in the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. without objection, when the house adjourns today it will adjourn to meet at 11:00 a.m. on friday, february 1, 2013, and further when the house adjourns on that day it shall adjourn to meet at 2:00 p.m. on monday, february 4, 2013. the chair now lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on january 28, 2013, at 5:05 p.m., appointments, social security advisory board, congressional award board, commission on security and cooperation in europe. with best wishes i am signed sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house another communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, hou
defense and general welfare of the united states. my god, my god, can we provide for the general welfare of those hurricane sandy survivors who are not victims but have lost loved ones and in fact are the second most costly hurricane in america's history, katrina, sandy and hurricane ike. i speak from what i know. i beg of this congress to vote for the new jersey amendment for $33 billion and as well the others and let us be able to look back on their needs and go back to the table to help them if they are in need. constitution asks us to do that. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from california. mr. denham: madam speaker, the sandy recovery improvement act will speed up recovery efforts and reduce costs. i want to just touch on one important piece of this legislation. it will allow greater flexibility to reduce rebuilding time and lower costs. this gives the local governments greater flexibility to consolidate or rebuild facilities by allowing fema to issue fix grants on the basis of damage estimates instead of a traditional reimbu
or whatever in the united states. they are pretty comfortable where they are. but that's not the case everywhere. i'm also very worried -- some of the things i hear and some of the blogs xenophobic attitude, kick those foreigners out, probably by somebody who is one or two generations away from being immigrants themselves. that's not what america is about. that's not what attracted my grandparents and great grandparents to this country. so i am perfectly willing whether it's the gang of six, 12, or something, but in the united states senate we need a gang of 51 to get it through and you need majority in the house. i have talked with president obama about this. i know he's strongly committed to real immigration reform. would like to see the dream act passed. i'd like to see a number of other things and we'll work on it. one of your fellow graduates of georgetown, senator durbin, deserves every kind of honor and praise for what he's done in the dream act. he'll be very important in this. >> good morning, senator. "the washington post" had a piece yesterday suggesting that you represente
back the united states senate, we have got to expose those guys and fwals for what they are. >> and i hope that is really the case. but again, this bill has to be -- go to the senate and be signed by the president. so the senate has to agree we're going to put them online. the question in conference was asked one of our leaders, what happens if the senate strips that out and sends back a clean, three-month encrease. one of our leaders said, i'd vote for that it remains to be seen, we'll further discuss this later today but great questions. >> i want to thank you for participate, the six members of congress and all of you who joined us online and in the room. we'll come back with more conversations with for conservatives. we need to clear out of the room for another event happening in the afternoon here. appreciate your cooperation with that. >> house republicans from earlier today, the second in a couple of series they have done on conversations with conservatives. you can see all of that in our video library at the u.s. house gaving back in 15 minutes or so. they'll vote
to support thousands of jobs and this whole apparatus does nothing but look for chairs in the united states it is sort of a perpetual motion machine. the end of recycling cases, hitting the same people over and over again. what is fascinating is we are on the anniversary of dwight eisenhower's farewell speech where he warned the american people that this was a complex that could push into war. i think what you have seen is not as the growth of the industrial complex, it has many of the attributes dwight eisenhower has talked about it continues to expand and president obama gives them more and more power. when people challenged it, the obama administration will come in and argue that they will keep evidence from the court. the logistical everything a state secret, which they have done. it is the worst possible situation. i think when you look back at eisenhower it should be left this way. it is a lot like our security space. host: a few questions on twitter about whose job is to push back against this -- "is it the court's duty to keep the executive from trouncing congressional powers or is
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them to the united states. william easterly debates dambisa moyo, the author of "winner take all." this is 35 minutes. >> there is question about whether they can keep up and whether there is something bigger changing. that is what we will look at in this session. we have two outstanding individuals known for contrarian views on the emerging economies. we will start with william easterly and probably best known to you for his books, "the white man's burden ." a very non provocative book as you can tell from the title. "the elusive quest for growth." bill was named one the top global intellectuals. [applause] what is going to happen to these bricks? guest: i want to focus on china . this is a major moment for development thinking. the idea of the growth merkel that china has done so much to promote is over at this point. let me give some insights. authoritarian growth miracles do not last. how many of you have heard of a growth merkeiracale? al? just raise your hand. i thought we would have a better informed audience. you have not heard of it because it only lasted from 1960-1 975
expanding that thinking to every hunter, every relative all over the united states, when the system cannot handle what it has, you are creating enormous federal bureaucracy. it will only hit the law- abiding people, not criminals. honest people will be entrapped into committing crimes they had no intention of committing. it is an unworkable universal federal nightmare bureaucracy being imposed by the federal government. i do not think these law-abiding people -- >> it is my understanding that when people buy guns they undergo a background check. we are simply trying to close some of these loopholes. chief, would you like to respond? >> certainly, when a weapon is licensed to a dealer, they undergo a check. but 40% of these guns are being sold out of that process. this is not unreasonable. if i buy a gun next year, through a private seller, i will go to a licensed dealer to do it. >> mr. kelly, you said it best when you talked about your belief in the second amendment. with those rights comes responsibility. you talked about responsibility to make sure that these guns to not get into the ha
in a practical way. >> think for a man and that 10,000 people a day retire in the united states, seven days a week. we are a nation with unemployment and with a shortage of people that go to work at specific jobs. the secretary's point is on target. if you try to do this with an overseer of exactly how many left-handed nurses and right- handed carpenters get into the added states, we are doing the wrong thing. we need to do it on demand. if we have an extraordinary need to be competitive, and many, because of the price of energy and the fact the country is probably will have and have access to more energy than anyone else, you will see manufacturing jobs coming back to the united states. i think right now there is a couple of million people we could hire if they have the skills, if they had the education, if they had some of the other requirements to fitting into a high performance economy. it is hard to explain. how can you have that need? you also heard the store the other day, they are drilling for a lot of oil in north dakota. not a lot of people want to move there. it is a complicated
? guest: of wonder if that is the first time that the word ipad has been used on the floor of the united states senate. he is right. he is not entirely right, but i think is right generally that spending has to be part of this equation. historically it as an 20% of gdp. 3% of gdp is a very large number. we have got to look at all of these issues. we have got to look at everything. the biggest problem -- there is an awful lot of confusion between social security and medicare peopl. social security is in relatively good shape. that was modified back in the 1980's. they understood the actuarial impact of the changes taking place. a social security can be set on an actual early sound course for the next 75 years with relatively small changes. -- actuarially sound course for the next 75 years with relatively small changes. healthcare cost growth is what is sinking us. how that is what we have to focus on. we've got to talk about how we pay for health care. our whole system is based on fee-for-service. you cannot get paid to keep me healthy. you cannot get paid to council me about my eating ha
to take the review. and the review is presidential escort unit which is comprised of approximately 380 service members. followed by each of the service honor guards and the u.s. army band as well as the marine corps band. and they will go past the president's location on the steps on the east front of the capitol. and once they complete the pass and review. then the presidential escort, they fall into the motorcade and they start the parade route. along the parade route, we have approximately 2,300 military personnel participating in the parade. approximately 10,000 total personnel in the parade. and the way the parade is organized, there are five divisions in this parade. each division is led by a service component. so division one will be led by the army. division two, by the marines. division three by the navy. division four by the air force. and division five by a mixture of the coast guard and merchant marines. and essentially, it's comprised of military bands. service elements that represent the active reserve and national guard components and followed by thears civilian groups t
streets safer, stronger, and more united. that's why we are here today to prevent another sandy hook. we'll all have to work together to end gun violence. i hope that we can continue that conversation today and how best to accomplish this and make our children safer. thank you. >> i'd like to thank our leader and my co-chair and my colleagues for this honor. we come to this room today from many different places and many different backgrounds. the last few months we have seen too many of our fellow countrymen gunned down on the streets of american towns and cities every day. i represent camden, new jersey, a city of 80,000 people, had 70 homicides last year. we have seen our neighbors die in shopping malls and movie theaters, college campuses, and horrifically, 31 days ago, an elementary school. we are bonded together in this room today by one common conviction and that is our belief that this is not inevitable. we can make choices to stop this from happening again. we believe that consistent with good medical practice we can improve our mental health system so that people who are demoniz
in the united states. now, the united states is listed 49th in life expectancy. that's an area you don't want to cut. now the next thing is, you've got china growing at 10% per year, you've got even russia on the -- under putin, only 5% per year. even the 200 students in my section will agree that the reason that china and russia are growing at 10% and 5% per year is their military budget is $100 billion or under $100 billion. the united states has a military budget of $700 billion. and 69 intelligence agencies. host: ok, michael, we'll leave it there. defense spending. guest: big issue, defense vs. health care. democrats saying you need to invest more in health care, don't cut medicare, don't cut other health care programs. we saw that with the health care fight of 2009, 2010. the caller brings up infant mortality, very high in the united states, members don't talk about that a lot. but democrat says with the defense sequester, some of them say if you don't like the across-the-board cuts of the sequester, cut other parts of defense and republicans, some republicans voted against the sequeste
for consideration of the bill h.r. 325, to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the united states government until may 19, 2013, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. sessions: mr. speaker, i move that the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands it's just -- it's terrible for the economy. it seems also to be bad politics. >> can you help me understand specifically what the president wants to pursue in the second term on this? is this something -- does he have legislation that he'd like to see congress passed? are we back to cap and trade? what specifically does he want to do that he didn't do in the first place? >> i think president has longed supported climate change. i think bipartisan opposition to legislative action is still a reality, the president's position remains the same as
groups across the united states. he is the author of a double trouble, black mayors, black communities, and the struggle for democracy. if he is writing a book on community building and development since the 1960's. finally, chris was awarded a pulitzer prize in 2002 as part of a teenage reporter who -- a team of reporters who covered global terrorism. he covered -- he spent almost two decades as a correspondent in latin america. he is the author of many books, including days of destruction, days of revolt, wars that gives meaning, and the best-selling, american fascist. he is a columnist and a senior fellow at the institute. so, welcome all of our panelists. let's start with deborah. >> thank you to boston review for organizing this offense. -- this event. i am happy to be here. i will talk a little bit about the occupy movement. the role of the research that the stanford faculty engaged in. i will talk a little bit about that, connected to occupy. i will talk about what i think occupy accomplished and the future. >> i think that as a guiding question, we can ask, what were the roots
was a united states attorney. in my time, it became a prairie to prosecute fire arms. i went to every police department in my state to talk about what we could do with gun criminals. we set up a special procedure where the attorney general's office, which has criminal jurisdiction in rhode island, view the gun crimes together to make sure they were sent to the place where they could get the most effective treatment. i believe that continues, although i am no longer a u.s. attorney. i pulled up some quick statistics. according to the executive office of united states attorneys, in 2012, more than 11,700 defendants were charged with federal gun crimes, which is a lot more than not doing it, a lot more than 62. the numbers are up at the department of justice since 20001, by more than 3000 prosecutions. we may have a debate about whether more should be done and who at the witness table actually wants more to be done in the way of gun prosecutions. but to pretend the numbers is in double digits or zero is flagrantly wrong and inconsistent with the type of testimony that centers should rely on --
: senate 3662, an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 6 nichols street in westminster, massachusetts, as the lieutenant ryan patrick jones post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. issa, and the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. issa: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. issa: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. issa: mr. speaker, on this last or second of last day of this congress, the senate has sent us a naming. although my committee has stopped doing naming, accept in the case of medal of honor recipients, this one is coming over and i believe it is meritorious and the senate has asked us to pass it a
umbrella. the united states doesn't have that choice because if we do what obama wants to do with which modern liberalism wants to do is re-create that choice and shift the resource that comes out of this remarkable engine of a free market into social welfare, increasingly unsustainable, and allowing it to come out of essentially the budget of the greatest power on earth. and choosing the european path, hoping we'll keep the world at bay, hoping we will sustain ourselves with a reduced presence in the world and a radically reduced capacity for defending ourselves, defending our allies and projecting our power. so that would be sort of an an litic way to present why we are in decline. it's not a conscious choice. i don't want to play the amateur psychiatrist or even a professional one in this. i don't want to look in obama's soul but if you look at where modern liberalism is taking us, it is to re-create the choice the europeans made in the late 1940's after the second world war. the problem for us, and i think the problem for the west is if we decline and use our resources internally, w
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